Modification Monday: Full Length Deschain

Original Pattern: Deschain

Knitters Extraordinaire: Susannah (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Susannah created this amazing modified Deschain pullover by casting on fewer stitches on both sides, lengthening the sweater, added waist shaping, and lengthened the arms to compensate for the reduced width. Details on her mods can be found on her Project page.

What Makes This Awesome: The original sweater is beautiful, but a cropped, super boxy summer sweater is not going to be universally flattering. Susannah fixed that by making changes that suited her frame, to reduce the volume of fabric through the body. As the amount of fabric through the body affected the shape and length of the sleeves, she lengthened the sleeves sot hat they would be more in line with the original sleeve length. Adding the extra repeats of central design added the length that Susannah was looking for. If you want to try something similar, make sure you have a wet blocked gauge swatch (length could be very different between blocked and unblocked!), and measure an existing sweater/top that is the length you are going for. Once you can see how many rows you are getting per inch of length, you will be able to calculate how many extra repeats you need to do. Then you are well on your way to a beautiful new sweater, just like this one!

15 comments

  1. Beth   •  

    Great job! Love that color!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I totally agree, it looks perfect for summer!

  2. Wanda   •  

    This is so pretty and so summery!! Great mod! 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Wanda,

      I totally agree- I find that I do wear light and airy sweaters in the summer, and this looks so perfect. I love her mods!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  3. Jessica Lane   •  

    Beautiful and perfect for Summer! Love this rich color too!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Jessica! I agree, it looks so perfect for summer. it’s often rainy and cool here, so I have a special liking for summer sweaters.

  4. miss agnes   •  

    Funny, another blog in my feed is featuring this same pattern but with no mods. So it is easy to see the work she has done to transform a very boxy cropped top to a lovely fitted sweater. Really beautiful !

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      This sweater is pretty popular! I do really like the original, but I find anytime I try on boxy knits, they look terrible on me. Considering the construction, it wasn’t a matter of simple adjustments, but I think this is a great mod to make it happen!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  5. Susanne   •  

    This is such a beautiful pattern! Love the mods! I’d love to knit this up in a cropped version for summer and another longer version for at work and winter 🙂 Thank you for the lovely inspiration!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Susanne,

      I love your thinking on this- knitting it twice and winterizing it for for the colder weather is a brilliant idea! IF you decide to do it, I know I’d love to feature the mod. 😉

  6. Lisa   •  

    Great idea, cropped tops only work for a certain group of people and I am not one of them. Haha. Thank you for sharing the tips and tricks for this type of mod.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Ha, I’m not one for whom the crop tops works, either! Also those wide, boxy sweaters are not great on me. This is such an inspiring mod!

  7. I love it! Crops just aren’t for me AT ALL. But a length like this works great.

    I hope summer is treating you well, especially now that Lila’s out of school (uh, where did the year go?)

    Take good care and knit often. I hope your fingering is finally feeling better as well.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Andrea,

      This is currently Lila’s last week of school, it’s a long one, but there also seem to be all these additional events and ‘graduation’ picnics, and things to remember for special events, etc. I’m a bit sad that the school year is coming to an end, we will have a whole new routine to get used to next week with summer camp! My finger is definitely much better, I can knit, even if not 100%.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  8. Kat   •  

    This is completely beautiful – what great mods! Clever lady.

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